The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are enjoying Super Bowl 55 at their house stadium, however that did not assure them a spot because the “house group” for the precise soccer recreation.
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa will host the Buccaneers vs. the Chiefs on Sunday, Feb. 7. Tampa Bay is the primary group to play a Tremendous Bowl in its house stadium. Whether or not that creates a home-field benefit with solely a couple of third of the stadium full of followers resulting from COVID-19 restrictions stays to be seen. However the house group at a given Tremendous Bowl has nothing to do with the place the sport is performed.
How is the house group chosen on the Tremendous Bowl?
There’s nothing fancy in regards to the house group willpower for the Tremendous Bowl. It alternates annually from the AFC consultant to the NFC consultant and again once more.
A yr in the past, the Chiefs have been the house group as they received Tremendous Bowl 54. For Tremendous Bowl 55, meaning the Buccaneers are the house group whereas the Chiefs are the away group. It is purely coincidental that the designations align with the sport being performed in Tampa Bay’s house stadium.
It might’ve been attention-grabbing to see what occurred with locker rooms if the Buccaneers have been deemed the guests. Would they’ve needed to let the Chiefs use the house locker room whereas they dressed within the away locker room? Alas, the timing did not work out for such a discovery in 2021.
Mockingly, the Buccaneers have been higher on the highway this season than at house, going 6-2 away from Raymond James Stadium within the common season whereas going 5-3 at house. Tampa Bay additionally received three highway video games within the playoffs previous to the Tremendous Bowl.
Does house group matter on the Tremendous Bowl?
The house group on the Tremendous Bowl will get to find out which uniforms it’s going to put on. That often forces the customer into sporting the alternative, as NFL groups have coloured uniform tops at house and white uniform tops on the highway.
In 2021, the Buccaneers elected to put on white jerseys with pewter pants. The Chiefs will put on their pink jerseys with white pants — the identical mixture they wore for his or her Tremendous Bowl 54 win.
The highway group will get to name the opening coin toss at NFL video games. Whereas heads vs. tails is a 50-50 likelihood, the winner of the coin toss is in a powerful place. Normally, groups select to defer the choice to the second half, which means the group that loses the coin toss will option to obtain within the first half and the group that wins the coin toss will then select to obtain within the second half.
However for the reason that coin toss actually is random, the importance of it would not come from the group that will get the proper to name it. It issues most to whichever group wins it.
Why are the Buccaneers enjoying Tremendous Bowl 55 in house stadium?
Whereas the NFL is omnipotent, by its precedents there was nothing the league might do to keep away from Tampa Bay enjoying at Raymond James Stadium for Tremendous Bowl 55. After SoFi Stadium in California had building delays, Raymond James Stadium was moved up a yr to host the Tremendous Bowl in 2021 and never 2022.
That call was made in Could 2017, nicely earlier than anybody might know if the Buccaneers have been good within the 2020 season. And if not for Tom Brady’s determination, Tampa Bay probably would not be at this stage.
However the Buccaneers introduced Brady aboard from New England, and Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown adopted him. That made a powerful offense even stronger for Bruce Arians, and matched with an underrated protection, Tampa Bay received three video games on the highway because the NFC’s No. 5 seed to advance to a Tremendous Bowl at house.